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:: Hanson - Underneath Acoustic

In late 2004, Australian fans gave Hanson a huge reception as their comeback to these shores indicated that not much of their previous huge popularity had diminished. This DVD harks back to August 2003 when Hanson embarked on their Underneath Acoustic tour, bringing the music from their latest album, “Underneath”, up close and personal. With this tour, Hanson approached their fans in intimate surroundings, as opposed to the big stage shows. Underneath Acoustic Live documents the tour's climactic final show on November 11, 2003 at Chicago’s famous House Of Blues.

Buying a DVD of a band’s acoustic show may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but this didn’t lack any energy and entertainment value.

The Hanson boys succeed in pulling off some subtle rearrangements of songs. They do a nice updated version of “River”, plus favourites such as “If Only”, “Penny & Me” and “MMMBop”. Other hits like “Where's The Love”gets a new interpretation with crowd participation and new layers of sound. Other treats include covers of “Teach Your Children”, “Ain't No Sunshine”, and another crowd-participation highlight “Rip It Up”. Taylor Hanson’s solo of Crazy Beautiful is played in a brand new way that is surprisingly effective and captivating.

The bonus features are not very extensive, but are interesting. The behind-the-scenes featurette gives a small glimpse of what Hanson goes through during a show and a little bit of what they thought about certain songs they played and what they thought of the venue, the fans, and playing acoustically.

This DVD is well shot. You don’t miss any of the action. Underneath Acoustic Live is so much better than I imagined and fans will be extremely pleased. The only improvements would have been a few more extra features, perhaps with more interviews. But, as Hanson get set to tour Australia, this is a taste of their musical talents and brings a rise to anticipation levels for their live shows around the country.

DVD Extras

Scene selection
Behind the scenes segment.
Documentary trailer.